Transfer Tracker: Oscar, Kaka, Leighton Baines, Andy Carroll, Man City Quiet
Your Thursday edition of the B/R Transfer Tracker contains a lot of the old and a bit of something new.
If you've followed this space, you're by now an expert on the transfer dealings of Oscar, Andy Carroll and even Leighton Baines. We have updates on all three of those players, along with word of a potential homecoming for Kaka.
Finally, you might have noticed that Manchester City have been quiet this summer. We've noticed too, and we've got the skinny on that situation as well.
All the details await inside.
Oscar Deal Done
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On Wednesday, Chelsea announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Oscar from Internacional (ChelseaFC.com).
The transfer fee was thought to be £25 million (Daily Telegraph).
Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo quickly backed Oscar, 20, for success (The Guardian):
"Oscar is a very exciting young talent, a creative midfield player who scores goals. He will add a lot of options and solutions for us in midfield."
Kaka in AC Milan Talks?
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Kaka's agent has confirmed that AC Milan are in talks over the player's potential return to Italy (ESPNSoccernet):
Negotiations, though, threaten to be long and drawn-out, with AC Milan aiming to pay well short of Real Madrid's €20 million valuation, or negotiate a one-year loan contract which would see no fee paid and just a 50% wage contribution from the Rossoneri.
Kaka played for Milan from 2003-09. He joined Real Madrid in 2009 for a world-record fee of €68.5 million (later surpassed by Real's signing of Cristiano Ronaldo).
The 30-year-old attacking midfielder has earned 82 caps for Brazil, scoring 27 times.
United Set to Chase Baines?
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Manchester United are preparing a move for Leighton Baines, but will not spend more than £12 million for the Everton full-back, according to a Goal.com exclusive.
Baines, 27, earned a spot on the 2011-12 PFA Team of the Year.
According to the Goal.com report, Everton could yet offer Baines an improved contract.
Alan Pardew: The Price Must Be Right
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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says Newcastle will only move for former striker Andy Carroll if Liverpool drop their asking price (The Sun).
Carroll, a 23-year-old England international, joined Liverpool from Newcastle in January 2011 for £35 million. He is thought to be available for transfer after the arrival of new Reds manager Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool reportedly value Carroll at £20 million.
Where Are the Signings, Manchester City?
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Something different to close the Transfer Tracker today.
Most fans have probably noticed the lack of new signings by big-spending Manchester City this summer. Manager Roberto Mancini has noticed as well.
Here's what Mancini said about the situation, according to the Daily Telegraph:
For this question, speak to the man in charge. I am not in charge of this.
It is important (to get players quickly) because, after what we did last year, it is important we continue to win.
Mancini also talked about Robin van Persie, saying the Dutch striker "is a fantastic player, but he is an Arsenal player."
Meanwhile, City captain and defender Vincent Kompany has signed a new six-year contract with the club (The Guardian).